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This is to help us all understand who was who in Stella's life. Her own family the Hoby's, her many friends and colleagues, her husband's family, the Oppenheimers; and it is also a link to other pages that give information or links to other web pages. It is also a place where you can put a memory of Stella that others can read.
  • Stella Mary Newton OBE
  • Married in 1934 Eric Newton (Oppenheimer).
  • Lived at 3 Cumberland Gardens, in the area known as Amwell.
  • Created the History of Dress Department at the Courtauld, 1965.
  • Actress, Haute Couture, Lecturer, Dress Historian, Writer
  • A good friend and neighbour.
  • Eric Newton C.B.E. 1893-1965(Eric Oppenheimer)
  • Mosaicist, Art Critic and Journalsit. Radio personnality
  • Met Stella's in Manchester
  • Married Stella in 1934.
  • To see Who's Who entry click here
  • Born 28th April 1893
  • Died 10th March 1965
  • Two sons, Ian and Anthony (Tony)
Need photo please
  • Jane Bridgeman
  • Stella'a executorix, responsible for all the sales and dispersal of Stella's collection of paintings and furniture.
  • A student of Stella and expert on Stella work and life.
  • Featured in the Channel 4 Program
  • Jane Bridgeman is a specialist in the history of dress and textiles and was formerly Senior Associate Lecturer in Art & Design History at Winchester School of Art. She is currently teaching at Central St Martin's College of Art, London.
Need photo please
Need photo please
  • Clive Wainwright, 1942-1999
  • Stella's excecutor who died tragically young
  • A world authority on Pugin and a huge influence on the study of Victorian furniture at the V & A.
  • Interesting site click here
  • Jane Wainwright O.B.E.
  • Although not an executor was very involved in the care of Stella and organised the carers. She lives in Cumberland Gardens.
  • For many years she was the IT specialist Librarian at the Houses of Parliament.
  • Photo's that Jane gave for the memory file. A dinner party for Stella given by Jane and Clive at their lovely home in Cumberland Gardens
  • Steven Gregory 1951
  • Artist, Stage designer and costume consultant.
  • Lived at Cumberland Gardens
  • Interviewed in Channel four film on Stella
  • Building this memory site on behalf of Stella's friends.
  • Hobbies: Line dancing.
  • Link
  • Patricia Hammond
  • Canadian Mezzo Soprano
  • Eric Newton (Oppenheimer) was her great grand father. Jo Hammonds daughter.
  • Link
  • Juliette Tofield (Oppenheimer)
  • Opera singer and teacher, relative of Eric Newton
  • Michael Dillon
  • Friend
  • Frederick Crooke & Laurie Tubman (lower photo)
  • Neigbours of Stella. They lived at 24 Wharton Street were Fred Ashton lived before them. Freddy created the Theatre Course at Croydon were Steven Gregory was a student.
  • Freddy was one of the most successful stage designers in the early part of the 20th century. See his archieves at the Bristol University Achieves. Click here
  • Laurie was Freddy's life partner and gave Freddy's archives to Bristol. He was for many years a floor manager at Claridges and as a young man served Hitler Breakfast in Bed.
  • Seamus McGrenera
  • met Steven Gregory when Steven was designing Tosca at the Opera House Belfast. They became very good friends. He lived on the top floor of Cumberland Gardens after Steven and almost to the end of Stella's life. Played a major role in the 90th Birthday celebrations. Is very much involved in the Amwell scene.
  • Roger White
  • lived in middle flat after Elizabeth O'Kelly.
  • A talented composer he was responsible for the Yo Yo Film Production of Stella's Life which he directed as well as compose the music.
  • He was still living in Cumberland Gardens at the time of Stella's death.
  • Maria da Asceusao Jose
  • Joaquin C Jose M.B.E.
  • Maria worked for the Newtons in the 1950's. Eric & Stella invited them to have their wedding reception at Cumberland Gardens in 1957
  • Her photo were offered to the collection but were rejected. I have them and feel they give a good indication of Cumberland Gardens in the 1950's
  • Georgiana Maria Wilkie Pearce nee Hoby 1870-196?
  • Stella's mother. Concert Pianist.
  • Wrote The Wayfairers Opera
  • A Poem by Georgiana
  • Joyce 'Jay' Hoby 1918 2005
  • Jay was named in Stella's Will.
  • The Hoby family portraits in Stella's house were to be sent to her, but at her request were in fact went to Mr Arthur Hoby. She lived in New Zealand and died in March 2005.
  • More about the Jay New Zealand Hobys
  • Hoby Family Tree very much work in progress.
  • Henry Pearce, 18
  • Stella's father. Working Class Socialist.
  • Ran a Radical Bookshop in Manchester.
  • Associated with the Clarion Newspaper and Clarion cafe.
  • Portrait by E Bent Walker 1914
  • Link to artist
  • Tom Mann
  • Father of Effie Mann
  • Reference: GB 0152 MSS.334 Title Papers of Tom Mann Dates of Creation 1879-1956 Held at Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library
  • His papers His Papers too
 
  • Effie Mann his daughter was a singer in the music hall and got Stella her early jobs in the theatre
 
  • Angus Acworth CBE
  • The original sponser the Courtauld's History of Dress Department.
  • Health Art & Reason dedication 1974
 
  • James Fitton 1899-1882
  • Illustrated 'Hyacinth Pink' Written by Stella Mary Pearce
  • Trained at Manchester School of Art and later as a commercial artist in London. He exhibited at the Royal academy summer exhibitions from 1929 and was a member of the New English Arts Club, a member of the London group and in 1933 a founder member of the Artistes International Association.
 
  • George Kennedy Allen Bell (1883-1958)
  • Dean of Canterbury Later Bishop of Chichester
  • In 1929, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, George Bell established the first Festival, which was closely linked with the newly formed Friends of Canterbury Cathedral organisation. Over the next ten years, the Canterbury Festival continued to flourish with plays commissioned from John Masefield, Laurence Binyon, Dorothy Sayers, Christopher Fry and notably T.S. Eliot in 1935 with 'Murder in the Cathedral'.
  • E. Martin Browne (19001980)
  • Martin Browne Director of Religious Drama
  • directed and taught modern and medieval religious drama, most notably T. S. Elliot's plays and the revived medieval York Cycle, which was the centrepiece of York's contribution to the 1951 Festival of Britain. He was able to obtain official goodwill and permission for a production of the York Cycle which was public, prominent and on a grand scale, at a time when the dramatic presentation of Biblical material was still controversial.
  • Edward De Bono
  • Wrote a book on Lateral Thinking
  • Met Stella through Rita Kipling
  • Letter in Archieve 10/07/1979
  • Suggested a 13 part TV series.
  • His web site link
 
  • Diana De Marly
  • Art Historian.
  • Compiled Bibliography.
  • Wrote THE HISTORY OF HAUTE COUTURE 1850-1950, Batsford, 1980
 
  • Cecil Gould 1918-
  • Assistant Director of the National Gallery in Stella's time there.
  • Featured in Yo Yo Film.
  • Lord Robbins 1898-1984
  • In the latter part of his life, Lord Lionel C. Robbins, turned to the history of economic thought, publishing various classic studies on English doctrinal history (1952, 1958, 1968, 1970, 1976). Although the ascendancy of the L.S.E. is foremost among his legacies, Robbins is also greatly responsible for the modern British university system - having advocated its massive expansion in the 1960s. From 1961-64 he chaired the Committee on Higher Education, and the Robbins Report on Higher Education was published in 1963. The Report considered the question of university education expansion and it provoked a sensation. A government White Paper response appeared within 24 hours. He held numerous public appointments. He was a trustee of both the National Gallery (1952-74) and the Tate Gallery (1953-59, 1962-67), a director of the Royal Opera House (1955-80), President of the Royal Economic Society (1954-55), and President of the British Academy (1962-67). His influence was great in creating he History of Dress Department at the Courtauld for Stella.
  • T. S. Eliot 1888-1965
  • Anglo-American poet, dramatist, and literary critic
  • Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965)
  • Stella designed costumes for Murder in the Cathederal in 1935
  • Also designed T.S. Eliot's The Rock.
  • The Rock
  • Doreen (Bobby) Woodcock
  • Met Stella first as part of a Church working party on The Rock which she directed
  • Featured interview on YoYo Film
  • Anthony Blunt 1907-1983
  • Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Lived at Portman Square, sort of over the shop!
  • Stella's story of him saying "No" to a Department of the History of dress, but later happy to great Stella's new venture.
  • Later reveiled he had been going through interrogation over his spying activities.
  • BBC web page
 
  • George Sheringham 1884-1937
  • Stage Designer, Painter.
  • He was born in London, where he studied art at the Slade School (1899-1901) before going to Paris, where he studied from 1904-1906. He showed his work first in Paris and then in London, where he became known as a designer of stage sets and an illustrator of works by E Conan Doyle and Max Beerbohm He was the author of Drawing in Pen and Pencil 1922 and Design in the Theatre (with James Laver) 1927. An invalid from 1932, he continued to paint flowers until his death. Stella assisted him for a while.
 
  • Marie Brema 1856-1925
  • Opera Singer
  • 28/02/1856 22/03/1925
  • orig Minny Fehrmann
  • English mezzo-soprano. Opera singer, her photograph is in the Hoby Newton Archieves at the Courtauld Library
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  • Daisy Vargas ?
  • Minnie/Mimme Vargas?
  • Rene?
  • Joyce 'Jay' Hoby 1918 2005
  • Jay was named in Stella's Will.
  • The Hoby family portraits in Stella's house were to be sent to her, but at her request were in fact went to Mr Arthur Hoby. She lived in New Zealand and died in March 2005.
  • More about the Jay New Zealand Hobys
  • Hoby Family Tree very much work in progress.
 
  • Captain Charles Hoby MBE Mus Doc (Oxon)
  • A.R.C.M. L.R.A.M.
  • Punjab frontier force
  • Royal Marines Band
  • Directed by the King in 1926
  • Proff at Royal College of music
  • Aged 11 took services at Royal Hospital Chelsea
  • When he retired from army became Rhyl's Musical Director.
  • Articles in Album at Coutauld Library
  • Photograpgh of his wife Bel (Isabel) in Courtauld archieves.
  • E Bent Walker
  • Pinted Stella in 1914 with another of her father. Where is the mother? Was one done?
  • He was a great friend of Robert Blachford hence the connection with Henry Pearce.
  • Interesting web site
  • Robert Donat
  • Actor friend of Stella and Eric's from Manchester days. He bought them a rug for their wedding